Emanuel all but certain to run for Chicago mayor, sources say
September 28th, 2010
01:50 AM ET
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Emanuel all but certain to run for Chicago mayor, sources say

(CNN) – Three Democratic sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell CNN that the White House chief of staff informed senior colleagues he is all but certain to run for mayor of Chicago, and will leave the White House to take the final exploratory steps.

Close associates are already building a campaign team according to sources.

An announcement by Emanuel is expected to be scheduled for Friday, sources said.

One of the sources, a prominent Democrat close to the White House chief of staff, told CNN, "We see nothing that will stop a run. But you don't announce a campaign for mayor of Chicago in Washington, D.C. You leave and go home and finish your business there."

The second source said Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg's research of a possible mayoral run for Emanuel was "very positive. He has some obvious things to deal with, but it was very encouraging."

Asked what the potential issues were, the source said "nothing you wouldn't expect. Just reminding people Chicago always was before Washington."

Assuming there is no hitch - and none is expected - longtime Obama adviser Pete Rouse is in line to be tapped as interim chief of staff, two of the sources said.

All of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the White House personnel turnover and the campaign planning.

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Rahm Emanuel's pending departure is the lead-off topic for CNN's John King and Bob Costantini.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. KBA

    Yeah! Now if we can just get rid of Nancy Pilosi!

    September 28, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  2. Latesha Bo

    Good Riddance to another FAILING RAT leaving the sinking Ship. Failed Policies and Higher Unemployment, the Obama Administration should ALL LEAVE including the Biggest BOZO OBAMA.

    September 28, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  3. bob

    'Bout time. Now if Obama would get rid of Geitner and Duncan, he might get some things done. I'm not sure when he got these people, he didn't vet them too well. Pulled a McCain on us.

    September 28, 2010 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  4. ty

    Too bad really, he was one of the strongest guys in the administration.

    September 28, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  5. Heywood

    Chicago's loss is our gain!

    September 28, 2010 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  6. Matt

    Good maybe now we can actually get a competent chief of staff who doesn't go around harassing others.

    September 28, 2010 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  7. Big Deal

    So what? Everyone is else is leaving the White House. Perhaps Obama will follow the trend?

    September 28, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  8. Steven P

    Chicago. A city that is perennially spoken of as corrupt.

    September 28, 2010 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  9. Anthony

    Good ridance. He belongs in Chicago. Chicago style politics have proven disastrous for this country. Rahm is going to try to distance himseslf from Obama. The ship is sinking, the rats are leaving. The top rats leave first. The rest of this administration is going to be a succession of missteps, backpedalling, and novice mistakes. This will teach us to elect a well spoken, good looking multiracial gentleman with ABSOLUTELY NO QUALIFICATIONS, to the office of President. I believe Rahm is seeing this country go too far to the left and knows that the pendulum is swinging back real fast and furious.Good ridance!

    September 28, 2010 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  10. Jesus

    Great job Rahm!! Wall Sreet reform, healthcare reform, and helped changed the failed direction in the Afghan war (hopefully for the better. Pretty darn good for just 18 months!

    September 28, 2010 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  11. AWMessenger

    Okay, so I'm just wondering. So let's say this dude resigns, right? And so then he runs for mayor of Chicago right? And then .... HE LOSES!!! That would sort of be sad for this guy, right?

    September 28, 2010 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  12. misterciii

    Good for Rahm

    September 28, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  13. Bill

    Anyone who was paying attention knew this was going to happen. Don't let the door hit ya, Rahm.

    September 28, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  14. Dale

    Good riddance to bad rubbish, Chicago can have him

    September 28, 2010 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    With all the rats abandoning the sinking Obama ship, is there even enough staff left to make Obama's coffee for him? Or is he having to do it himself?

    September 28, 2010 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  16. Patrick from Minnesota

    Clearly this guy has learned a few lessons from Sarah Palin. Besides, better to run from the Loop than from the White House

    September 28, 2010 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  17. Steve

    I like Chicago....and to my friends there I say: I'm sorry.

    September 28, 2010 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  18. Dan

    Big deal. He hasn't done anything in his current position and the mayor of Chicago is a few steps down.

    September 28, 2010 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  19. Chris

    This is breaking news? They have been saying this for 3 weeks.

    September 28, 2010 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  20. ed

    One less troublemaker in Washington, Chicago can have him back.

    September 28, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  21. bruce

    I wonder, if obama is doing a great job, why he is losing everybody around him, and the nation is worse than ever.

    September 28, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  22. chicagoK

    He was implicated in the Blago trial and could be brought into it again with the retrial. Corrupt Illinois Democrats seem to be the norm and get reelected because of a corrupt news media, a corrupt union support, and gross ignorance of the Chicago electorate. Obama fit right in!

    September 28, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  23. Elbert

    So the Chief of Staff to the world's most powerful man is quitting ... to run for mayor??? There ya go again burying the lead CNN

    September 28, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  24. Artboy34

    Geez, who saw that coming? Graft and corruption returning to the hotbed of both. Good riddance, slime...

    September 28, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  25. bruce

    If obama is doing a great job, why he is losing every body around him, and the nation is worse than ever.

    September 28, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
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